Excellent Safety Tips for parents & students now that school is back in session. The following tips come directly from Montgomery County:
Safety Tips for Parents, Motorists, and Children
Expect delays near schools. Know your route, start early, and drive the posted speed limit.
Motorists not involved in dropping off or picking up students should consider adjusting their route or schedule in order to avoid arrival and dismissal traffic in front of schools.
Park only in lawful areas. Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk is against the law and can obstruct visibility for both pedestrians and motorists.
Unload school children onto the sidewalk or the right side of the vehicle.
Unloading school children into a traffic lane could put a child in harm’s way.
Always obey the directions given by an adult school crossing guard and a student safety patrol.
Instruct children to remain alert and look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
Students should walk on a sidewalk if available or if one is not available, walk facing the traffic
Pedestrians should not use cell phones to talk or text or wear headphones when crossing the street.
Students riding bikes to school must follow all traffic rules and signs, i.e. stop signs and traffic lights.
Ride on the right side of the road and come to a compete stop before crossing a street.
By law, all children under the age of 18 must wear a bicycle helmet (positioned level on the head to cover the forehead) when riding or being carried on a bicycle while riding on a public street, right-of-way, or on a bicycle path.